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Food bank now needs money

September 14, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Community Food Bank in Hagerstown has received enough food donations to ease a shortage but it still needs money for perishable items, the organization's director said Monday.

Food Bank personnel usually spend about $5,000 a month to buy milk and meat from stores and the Food Resource warehouse, Food Bank Director Beth Stouffer said.

The Food Bank, which operates out of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, doesn't have money to buy those products, she said.

Stouffer last Tuesday said the Food Bank had less than one week's worth of supplies left to distribute and had been forced to quit providing milk for children.

She appealed for donations to address one of the 27-year-old Food Bank's worst food shortages, which she said was caused by increased demand.

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Since then, enough food donations have come in to increase the food supply from one week to three weeks, she said.

"It has been coming really good," she said.

The Food Bank distributes enough food for from three to five days to needy local residents.

It once was possible to stockpile food during the summer months for distribution over the winter but that is no longer the case because as many people now need help in the summer as in the winter, she said.

She blamed more people moving to the area, cuts in food stamps and welfare as well as low-paying jobs for the increased need.

Food and/or money can be donated directly to the Food Bank at the church, which is at 601 W. Washington St. For information call 301 733-7550 or 301-739-6795.

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